Memorial Day: May 29, 2017
MUSIC WORKSHOP FOR CHILDREN
Music Workshop for Children will be sponsored by the Commission on Liturgical Music [CoLM] on 10 June 2017 in Sea Cliff NY. The workshop is appropriate for younger school age children through teens, however adults are encouraged to attend, too! The Divine Liturgy is the most often attended and well-known church service. During the workshop, children will have an opportunity to deepen their understanding of Orthodox worship and allow them to participate more fully in the Divine Liturgy. Through singing, discussion, and activities, participants will learn about the service and become familiar with basic musical concepts.
ST. ANDREW’S CAMP: Annual Bike Ride! Sign-up for summer programs!
Do a charity bike ride this year! Mark your calendar for Saturday, 26 August 2017 and bike for Saint Andrew’s Camp. This ride is ideal for the person who has never attempted a charity bike ride. You CAN do this ride! The Ride offers 3 distances from which to choose, each on flat to rolling terrain. Overnight accommodations are available at the camp. Make the Ride part of a Weekend getaway. Reunite with an alumnus. Nearby attractions are available for family members not riding. Reach out and ask a friend to bike with you and support the Camp at the same time. Information for the Bike Ride is here >>>. Information on summer camping programs this year along with easy on-line registraion is here >>>
WATERVLIET NY: Saint Basil’s Church Acquires Holy Relics
Archbishop Michael has blessed Saint Basil’s Orthodox Church in Watervliet NY with holy relics of the following saints: Great-Martyr and Healer Panteleimon, Innocent (Metropolitan of Moscow & Apostle to America), Grand Duchess Elizabeth the New-Martyr, Tikhon (Patriarch of Moscow & Enlightener of North America), Alexis of Wilkes-Barre (Confessor & Defender of Orthodoxy in America), Raphael (Bishop of Brooklyn), and Venerable Ambrose (Elder of Optina). Father Jason Vansuch prepared the relics by placing each in a special wax mixture called mastic. “Our reliquary was sent to us from Russia,” said Father Peter Olsen (parish rector). “Many thanks to God for this amazing blessing and to our loving hierarch, Archbishop Michael, and Father Jason for his kind help. Glory to Jesus Christ!”
MEDFORD NJ: “What’s It Like?” Covenant House Sleep Out
What’s it like to feel or not feel safe? What do you do when you’ve been led to believe that you’re not capable or are worthless? What’s it like to be uncertain about your daily meals, where you’ll wash up, where you’ll sleep at night, and most other things in your life? These are among the questions raised during the Covenant House Sleep Out held Friday 28 April and Saturday 29 April at the Orthodox Church of the Holy Cross, Medford NJ.
DIACONAL FORMATION PROGRAM: 2 Locations, Apply Now!
Our Diocesan Diaconal Formation Program offers an opportunity for men, with the blessing of their parish priest and Archbishop Michael, to experience a 2-year program facilitated by Saint Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary. The program involves both academic and practical application of a diaconal parish ministry. While no program of study guarantees ordination as a deacon, graduates will have fulfilled the necessary academic requirements. There are two campus locations: Endicott NY and Philadelphia PA (convenient for those in New Jersey and New York City). See the flyer here for general details of the program and specifics of the Philadelphia campus. For information on the Endicott program, contact Father Alexey Karlgut at email@example.com